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The Lethbridge Orcas Started off their outdoor season with two emphatic victories. Firstly, the Orcas travelled to Crowsnest Pass for the CNP Invitational Meet July 14-15. The following weekend, the Orcas competed at the Fort MacLeod swim meet. Dominant performances by Orcas’ athletes led to both gross and net victories at both meets. The Orcas winning streak is now at 18 consecutive gross titles at Region F, in-season meets.
In Crowsnest Pass, the Orcas were able to capture 19 aggregate medals. Bronze medal winners were: Zada McLean-Borggard (6), Kai Polec (10), Madeline Vanden Elzen (15), and Aaron Gamble (Masters). Silver medal winners were: Colby Pilsner-Roberts (6), Lily Petry (10), Sean Vanderzee (12), Olivia Bos (13), Charlotte Vanden Elzen (14), Devlan Sheppard (13), Morgan Bos (15), Keeley Watt (Masters), and Josh Adams (Masters). Gold medal winners for the meet were: Bentley Togo (6), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8), Ottavio Lutterotti (9), Tyson Chomiak (14), Kira Armstrong (15), Carrie Ross (Masters), and James Kwan (Masters).
Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (left) shattered the previous girl’s 7-8 50 breast record on route to winning her 6th straight gold aggregate at the CNP meet. Kai Polec (right) earned aggregate medals (bronze and silver) at both meets
The following weekend in Fort MacLeod, the Orcas were able to up their medal count to 25 medals. Fort MacLeod bronze medalists were: Chloe Brooks (6), Andie Smith (7), Tristen Harvey (13), Madeline Vanden Elzen (15), David Kindley (15), Caileigh Sheppard (Masters), and Josh Adams (Masters). The silver medal winners were: Bentley Togo (6), Kai Polec (10), Eric Wen (12), Charlotte Vanden Elzen (14) and Kira Armstrong (15). The gold medal winners were: Zada McLean-Borggard (6), Colby Pilsner-Roberts (6), Nicolas Helwig (6), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8), Lily Petry (10), Jack Petry (10), Ottavio Lutterotti (10), Sean Vanderzee (12), Olivia Bos (14), Tyson Chomiak (14), Rachel Tkach (Masters), Owen Guyn (Masters), and Aidan Godwin (Masters).
Zada McLean-Borggard (left) won bronze and gold medals at the last two meets. Eric Wen (right) won silver at Fort MacLeod while swimming best times in 100% of his races
The number of Orcas swimmers having perfect seasons decreased from four to two these past two weekends. Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8) and Tyson Chomiak (14) have both won gold aggregate at every meet this season. These two swimmers will look to end their regular season “perfect” in Nanton on August 28-29, aiming for one last gold each!
91 best times were swum at the CNP meet by Orcas swimmers. Swimmers able to achieve best times in 100% of their individual races were: Ben Adserballe (12), Hannah Lundquist (10), Zada McLean Borggard (6), Addy Miller (8), and Bentley Mundell (6).
The following weekend in Fort MacLeod, Orcas swimmers combined for 98 best times. Those able to get all best times were: Tristen Harvey (13), Nicolas Helwig (6), Kate Machacek (5), Kennedy Smith (11), and Eric Wen (12).
Kate Machacek (left) was one of a few Orcas swimmers to swim best times in 100% of their individual races. Ali Fournier (right) had a strong meet notching 3 season’s best times in Fort MacLeod
9 club records have been broken so far this season (4 of them by the same person – Bentley Togo (6)). Below is a full list of club records that have been broken this year:
Bentley Togo (left) has broken 4 club records this season, and is within reach of another couple. Will he break any more before the summer ends? Aidan Godwin (right) has already broken the Master’s 100 IM club record, but is within a couple of tenths of the 50 and 100 breaststroke records as well
Orcas swimmers will look to break several more records when we get to the Championship Season (Regionals and Provincials).
The final meet of the regular season will be in Nanton on July 28-29, where the Orcas will look to add to their 18-meet winning streak, and cap off their second straight undefeated season.
Thank you Shannon Bos for the amazing photos! (PHOTOS LINK)
A relatively small group of 33 Orcas found huge success in Brooks over the weekend for the Southern Alberta Summer Games. 91% of Orcas swimmers were able to capture at least 1 medal in the prelim/final formatted meet, as the Orcas earned 77 individual medals and 10 relay medals.
Up and comer Kallen Weighill (left) contributed 3 of the Orcas 77 individual medals, while the club’s oldest male age group swimmer Ethan Boras (right) added 4 of his own to the collection
Of the 77 individual medal winners, 11 swimmers were able to capture 4 individual medals, competing in 4 individual events. Of those 11 swimmers, 4 were able to win gold in all four of their races. The 4 swimmers who won gold in all 4 of their events were: Tyson Chomiak, James Kwan, Elliott Pilsner-Roberts, and Bentley Togo. The other 7 swimmers who took home hardware in all of their races were: Kira Armstrong, Ethan Boras, Ottavio Lutterotti, Devlan Sheppard, Charlotte Vanden Elzen, Madeline Vanden Elzen, and Keeley Watt.
Olivia Bos (left) won gold in the girl’s 50 and 100 breaststroke. She is currently undefeated in breaststroke races this season. Kira Armstrong, Morgan Bos, Charlotte Vanden Elzen, and John Vanden Elzen (right) hang on the wall during warm up. The four of them combined for 14 of the Orcas individual medals this weekend
66 individual best times were swum by Orca swimmers this weekend. Leading the charge by achieving best times in 100% of their events were: Shannon Bos, Tyson Chomiak, and Sean Vanderzee. This should not overshadow the fact that 28/33 Orcas swimmers were also able to obtain at least 1 best time in an individual race!
Tyson Chomiak (left) got best times in all 4 of his individual events this weekend (50 Fr, 100 Fr, 200 Fr, 50 Bk). He is currently ranked 1st provincially in all four of those events. Devlan Sheppard (right) dropped massive time in his 400 Fr to move him to 4th in the province in the event
With exactly 6 weeks from the day the Brooks meet ended to the day Provincials will begin, the Orcas seem to be in a strong position Provincially. In the age-group (17 and under) scoring race, the Orcas currently sit in 4th. In the Masters division, the Orcas are currently the leading team. Bellow or the top 5 age group and master’s team rankings so far this season:
As Summer Games did not have a gross points title, the Orcas will look to continue their 16-meet winning streak in Crowsnest Pass on July 14-15.
Togo, Pilsner-Roberts, Petry, and Chomiak Dominate Once More to Help Increase Orcas Winning Streak to 16
Shannon Bos and Derek Chomiak took photos this weekend! Thanks to both! (All photos used in this article are from Shannon Bos
The Lethbridge Orcas returned to the pool on June 24 in Pincher Creek. Outnumbered by the host team the Pincher Creek Dolphins, the Orcas knew they would need to bring their “A” games to continue their winning streak. In the end, the Orcas won 20 of 39 possible aggregate medals to capture both the Gross and Net titles at the meet.
4 of the medal winners were the ever so consistent: Bentley Togo (6), Elliott Pilsner-Roberts (8), Lily Petry (10), and Tyson Chomiak (14), who have all won gold aggregate medals at every meet so far this season in their age groups. Bellow is the full list of medal winners from the meet:
Colby Pilsner-Roberts – Girls’ 6 and Under – Silver
Bentley Togo – Boys’ 6 and Under – Gold
Lola Caputo – Girls’ 7-8 – Bronze
Elliott Pilsner-Roberts – Girls’ 7-8 – Gold
Lily Petry – Girl’s 9-10 – Gold
Ottavio Lutterotti – Boys’ 9-10 – Gold
Hunter Lutterotti – Boys’ 11-12 – Bronze
Sean Vanderzee – Boys’ 11-12 – Silver
Charlotte Vanden Elzen – Girls’ 13-14 – Bronze
Olivia Bos – Girls’ 13-14 – Silver
Tyson Chomiak – Boys’ 13-14 – Gold
Ali Fournier – Girls’ 15-17 – Bronze
Kira Armstrong – Girls’ 15-17 – Gold
David Kindley – Boys’ 15-17 – Bronze
Jens Watt – Boys’ 15-17 – Silver
Chelsea Collett – Women’s Open – Bronze
Carrie Ross – Women’s Open – Silver
Keeley Watt – Women’s Open – Gold
Josh Adams – Men’s Open – Silver
James Kwan – Men’s Open – Gold
Bentley Togo (left) has been dominating the boys’ 6 and under category this season, winning the gold at every meet so far. Ben Adserballe (right) had three top 2 two finishes this weekend, including winning the Boys 11-12 200 free, to fall one point short of an aggregate medal
The Orcas swam 66 best times on the weekend, averaging over 1 best time per Orca who attended the meet. Orcas who were able to swim best times in all of their individual events were Bentley Mundell (6) and Eric Wen (12).
Another statistic that the Orcas coaching staff keeps an eye on are total season points. In the table bellow, we show the top 10 male and female total Orca point scorers this season in the 17 and under categories. Those who score the most total points both attend many meets as well as rank highly in those meets. (Note: The male and female swimmer at the end of the in-season meets with the most points receives the ‘In-Season Top Performance Award’ at the year end awards banquet):
Madeline Vanden Elzen (left) won the In-Season Top Performance award last season. She is currently 5th this year. Elliott Pilsner-Roberts and Samantha Clamp (right) prepare before winning the Girls 8 and Under 4X25 Free Relay
Their will be no meet action Canada Day weekend. The Orcas will return to competition July 7 and 8 in Brooks for the Southern Alberta Summer Games.